Pension Crisis

Loophole Let Fired Kansas State Employee Buy Into Pension

That could get expensive for taxpayers

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OSAWATOMIE — The Kansas Attorney General's Office is looking into whether the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System broke the law by allowing a former state employee to buy his way into a pension after being fired earlier this year.

Deputy Attorney General Don Brown said the office plans to submit an opinion that will interpret the pension law, which allowed Dennis Casarona to purchase an extra year of service. The opinion will not be legally binding.